Programme

Official Competition

Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat

Spain, Argentina, 2021 / 114 min / Spanish with ENG. subt. / Comedy, Drama

In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to create a lasting legacy.

To do so, he hires the best of the best: famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penelope Cruz) and two renowned actors, both enormously talented, but with even bigger egos. The Hollywood actor Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater thespian Iván Torres. Both are legends, but these two alpha males do not get along in the slightest.

With Lola’s psychologically tumultuous rehearsal techniques, they must face not only each other but also soon their own legacies – and a nervous breakdown.

A bright and uncompromising satire on the film industry!

“The film illuminates how these three acting talents build emotion in the viewers at the same time that it addresses issues such as the process of artistic creation, professional competence, egos and the need for prestige and recognition.” 

Statement by Gastón Duprat, one of the two directors

Screenings
Thu 03/03 19:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg ES OV with ENG.subt Projection privée https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004283?locationFilters=LFFKI&dateTime...
Fri 04/03 19:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg ES OV with ENG.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004283?locationFilters=LFFKI&dateTime...

“(…) an unflattering self-portrait that will probably earn the biggest, broadest laughs from industry insiders and outsiders alike.” Guy Lodge, Variety, 05/09/2021

« hilarious » Marta Balaga, Cineuropa, 05/09/2021

"A crowd-pleasing comedy" Sophie Monks Kaufman, The Playlist, 04/09/2021

“(…) a smart and biting story (…) the film serves up roughly two hours of sharp reflections deliciously wrapped in entertaining antics. (…) emotional and moving performances.” , “a celebration of artists and their process.” Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 05/09/2021

"Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz unite with Oscar Martinez for this bitingly funny film world send-up" Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily, 04/09/2021

“Highly entertaining” Anna Smith, Deadline, 04/09/2021

“Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are a blast in this riotous takedown of egotistical actors” (…)  “playful and wildly entertaining Spanish satire » Phil de Semlyen, Time Out, 10/09/2021

Awards
  • Best Actress Award, Venice Film Festival Competition, 2021 (Italy)
Sélections
  • Special presentation, Toronto International Film Festival, 2021 (Canada)
  • Official Competition, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2021 (Estonia)
  • Official Selection, San Sebastian Film Festival, 2021 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martinez
Screenplay 
Andrés Duprat, Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
Cinematographer 
Arnau Valls Colomer
Montage 
Alberto del Campo
Sound 
Aitor Berenguer, Mar González, Pelayo Gutiérrez, Alberto Ovejero
Set 
Alain Bainée
Production 
The MediaPro Studio ; Producteur : Jaume Roures
Distribution 
September Film
Biography

Mariano Cohn (1975) & Gastón Duprat (1969) are born in Bueno Aires, Argentina. They are a duo of producers, cinema and television directors since the mid-90s. They directed and produced works of experimental cinema and video art, and have also created dozens of TV programmes based on original formats. Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s feature films have garnered numerous awards at prestigious festivals including Venice and Sundance.

Official Competition is their latest film.

Filmography
  • * Mariano Cohn
  • 2021 - Official Competition
  • 2016 - The Distinguished Citizen
  • 2016 - Todo sobre el asado (documentary)
  • 2014 - Living Stars (documentary)
  • 2009 - The Man Next Door
  • 2008 - El Artista
  • 2006 - TV service (documentary)
  • 2003 - Ciudad Abierta (TV show)
  • 2004 - Yo Presidente (documentary)
  • 2001 - Cuentos de terror (TV show)
  • 2000 - Cupido (TV show)
  • 1999 - Televisión Abierta (TV show)
  • * Gastón Duprat
  • 2021 - Official Competition
  • 2018 – My Masterpiece
  • 2016 - The Distinguished Citizen
  • 2016 - Todo sobre el asado (documentary)
  • 2014 - Living Stars (documentary)
  • 2009 - The Man Next Door
  • 2008 - El Artista
  • 2006 - TV service (documentary)
  • 2003 - Ciudad Abierta (TV show)
  • 2004 - Yo Presidente (documentary)
  • 2001 - Cuentos de terror (TV show)
  • 2000 - Cupido (TV show)
  • 1999 - Televisión Abierta (TV show)